March 1, 2017 Club News

by Jerry on March 13, 2017

Article submitted to NHSA Sno-Traveler club news:

Blue Mountain Snow Dusters, O.R.C, Inc.
P.O. Box 428
Grantham, NH 03753
www.snowdusters.org
Keith Grohbrugge VP

Greetings! Well Mother Nature has certainly given us a wild ride here in the central part of the state. We finally received a blast of New England winter. Three storms in a week totaling well over two feet of snow with temperatures cold enough to groom out all of the trails has made for some absolutely fantastic riding. I hope everyone has been able to get out and enjoy the great conditions. Over the course of the last week I have run into fellow snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, dog mushers, hikers, fat-tire mountain bikers all out enjoying the local trails.

I just want to give a shout out to all who have helped get our trails ready for the season, our groomer operators, and landowners. Between all of the equipment maintenance, trail work, administrative duties, grooming, fundraising, etc… there is a lot that goes into making this great network of trails we all enjoy. If you haven’t considered joining a local club and helping out in some way, I would ask that you reconsider. The time spent with family and friends on a sport we all love makes the ride all that much more worth it.

Even though March has delivered some epic snow storms in the past, we are nearing the backside of our riding season. Warmer temperatures are in the forecast and spring conditions will soon be here. Please keep in mind the ice will be thinning on our local ponds, water bars will be opening up and rocks will start to poke up from the snow. Stay safe and enjoy the trails

February 1, 2017 Club News

by Jerry on February 2, 2017

Article submitted to NHSA Sno-Traveler club news:

Blue Mountain Snowdusters, O.R.C, Inc.
P.O. Box 428
Grantham, NH 03753
www.snowdusters.org
Jerry Bieszczad

Greetings all! Obviously, January’s prolonged thaw and mixed bags of precipitation have not been kind to snow lovers in central NH. Most of us are looking longingly at long term weather forecasts for any bit of hope, and keeping our sanity with an occasional trailer trip up to the north country.

The down time gives us all plenty of time to check out our updated BMSD website (http://snowdusters.org/). We now provide our GPS-recorded trail maps overlaid onto Google Maps for everyone’s virtual touring pleasure. We also have an active Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Blue-Mountain-Snowdusters-ORC-152561811474056/) with trail condition updates, club news, and other happenings. We hope to expand the features of both our web site and Facebook page in the coming months. Things on our wish list include display of geotagged photos from members on our trail map and integration of our interactive trail map with GPS trail maps from adjacent clubs. Feel free to contact us with any ideas or suggestions.

Here are some reminders for us all to help improve our trails and riding experience, particularly in early season conditions: carry a black Sharpie with you at all times to freshen up any faded trail signs in your area; please stop and clear obstacles (tree limbs, rocks, etc.) from the trails, If any obstacle is too big for you and your riding partners to deal with, inform our trail master or any other BMSD Officer; carry some ribbon or caution tape in your bag to mark any obstacles that you’re unable to move; safety first, don’t stop/park on a corner and always stay to the right!

At our January club meeting, we had the pleasure to be joined by Grantham Selectman Sheridan Brown. Mr. Brown filled us in about plans for our town’s upcoming months-long celebration of Grantham’s 250th anniversary. We are starting to brainstorm ideas about how BMSD can be involved in that celebration. Again, please contact us with your ideas, enthusiasm, and support.

Lastly I just wanted to mention that during nearly every local ride I took earlier this season, I came across friends snowmobiling with their young and not-so-young children. In addition to enjoying riding, often they are helping to clear trails of debris or update signage. My kids and I have only been riding for a few years ourselves, and it’s great to see a younger generation learning to enjoy the sport, taking responsibility for trail upkeep, and gaining an appreciation for those landowners allowing public access.

BMSD’s regular club meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month in the lower level of the Grantham Town Hall at 6:30pm. Please join us to learn more and get involved with the Blue Mountain Snowdusters. As always, think snow and keep doing those snow dances!

Did you know?

February 1, 2017

Article submitted to Grantham News & Events email newsletter: Did you know Grantham’s Blue Mountain Snowdusters maintain and groom over 40 miles of local trails for outdoor winter recreation? Uses include snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and fat tire mountain biking. There are even two warming huts where you can come inside and take […]

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January 4, 2017 Club News

February 1, 2017

Article submitted to NHSA Sno-Traveler club news: Blue Mountain Snow Dusters, O.R.C, Inc. P.O. Box 428 Grantham, NH 03753 www.snowdusters.org Keith Grohbrugge Vice President Happy New Year everyone! I’m kind of new at this so bear with me as I try and provide our first club update in what we believe is a very long […]

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Update to Online Trail Map!

December 26, 2016

Our online trail map has been updated! Edited 2016-12-26: Added the new Forehand Road bypass and route through the Grantham Rec Park. Please stay on the marked trails and obey all signage!

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2016-17 Membership Information-Join Today!

October 2, 2015

Please visit our BMSD Membership Page for details about how to join BMSD!

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